Twice a year BAICE awards a small number of fieldwork grants, up to the value of £2500, to doctoral researchers in the field of comparative and international education. The bursaries support students based at UK institutions to carry out overseas fieldwork for their doctorate. The awards will cover international economy air tickets, subsistence and reasonable research expenses within the country or countries where data is collected.

You may want to consult the guidance on writing the grant video at the bottom of this page.

Applicants must satisfy the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be currently enrolled in a doctoral programme in a UK University (candidates must have passed their probation – where relevant – and been admitted to the PhD or EdD cycle);
  • Have a research project situated within the scope of BAICE’s mandate, which is Comparative and International Education
  • Be a registered student member of BAICE
  • Not be in receipt of another scholarship or grant which supports the cost of fieldwork (e.g. the ESRC studentship)

Within the framework of this award, beneficiaries accept to:

  • Write an article on the research for the BAICE blog OR have the research featured on the BAICE podcast, within six months of returning from the field
  • Submit a financial report to BAICE including a breakdown of funds (1-2 pages, within one month of returning from the field)
  • Submit an abstract about their research, at the end of their fieldwork, to a BAICE or UKFIET Conference;
  • Submit at least one article that arises from the fieldwork for consideration for publication in Compare

Applications must be submitted in English and contain the following in this form.

  • A 2-page CV/Resume – please specify the date of your enrolment as a doctoral candidate or admission to a doctoral programme;
  • A research proposal for your project – including a working title for your thesis, aims, research questions, theoretical framework, methodology, a description of the fieldwork and a proposed time-frame. It should be clear how the fieldwork for which funds are requested will contribute to your doctoral project (maximum length 2000 words, excluding references);
  • A description (maximum 1 page) of how your research aligns with the mandate of BAICE;
  • A detailed breakdown of the anticipated research costs including travel, accommodation and subsistence (maximum 1 page);
  • A letter of support from your PhD supervisor.

Selection will be made according to the following criteria:

  • Relevance of the study to the aims of BAICE
  • Anticipated contribution to the field
  • Methodological rigour and originality
  • Realistic and reasonable costings. Awards will usually be made up to a maximum of £2500 and never exceeding £3000. If there are exceptional reasons for requesting more than £2500 these should be clearly set out in the application.


  1. Individuals cannot apply for the same grant more than once in a three-year timeframe.
  2. Individuals cannot apply for more than one grant in a given cycle, and if they do, both applications will be considered ineligible.
  3. Individuals cannot be in receipt of more than one grant at any time.
  4. Grant applicants need to seek approval from their institution as part of their application. This is to ensure they are appropriately supported by their institutions if the funding is offered. A letter of institutional support must be attached with the application.

There are two application deadlines in a year: 1st May and 1st November.

Enquiries about the grant should be addressed to Anesa Hosein at ku.ca1670240063.yerr1670240063us@ni1670240063esoh.1670240063a1670240063.

Completed applications must be submitted in a single PDF file (1.5 line spacing) to ku.ca1670240063.ecia1670240063b@stn1670240063arg1670240063.

Video guide to writing your student fieldwork grant

Peer Support

Please get in touch with any of these recent BAICE Student Fieldwork Grant holders if you would like some peer support.

Shrikant Vivek Wad, University of Edinburgh,
Chawin Pongpajon, University College, London, ku.ca1670240063.lcu@167024006391.no1670240063japgn1670240063op.ni1670240063wahc1670240063
Erin Hayba Buisse, University of Lancaster, ku.ca1670240063.rets1670240063acnal1670240063@essi1670240063ub.e1670240063
Qingru Wang, University of East Anglia, ku.ca1670240063.aeu@1670240063gnaw.1670240063urgni1670240063q1670240063